Humidity is something that many people don’t think about when they’re considering plants. It can be a tricky thing to keep in mind, but it’s important for the health of your plants. Some people believe that pothos like humidity and others say they do not – who is right? The answer may surprise you!
Do Pothos Like Humidity?
Yes, pothos plants need humidity to thrive. Pothos are tropical plants that need humidity of at least 50% to be healthy.
When the humidity in your home is too low, the pothos leaves will start to droop and turn brown. The best way to stop this from happening is to use a household humidifier (more on that shortly).
Your pothos needs humidity to feed its roots, to photosynthesise effectively, and as a means of respiration. You should be extra careful if you keep your pothos plant outside.
What Humidifier for Pothos Plant?
Humidifiers add moisture to the air so that plants can better absorb it, which is why they are essential for your pothos. A humidifier will also stop dry skin and allergies from occurring in people who suffer from them.
The LEVOIT humidifier (Amazon link) is the perfect choice for pothos plants. It’s ultrasonic, meaning it produces a cool mist instead of steam or hot water to humidify your home. That means no more worries about overheating! Plus, it has an auto shut-off feature that will turn off at any time you want – even when the tank is still full so you won’t waste money on electricity bills and be sure not to forget about your plant during winter days with shorter daylight hours.
Should I Mist My Pothos?
Yes, misting your pothos will help raise the humidity levels around the plant! However, it won’t help a ton. As such, there are two trains of thought when it comes to misting plants.
Some people believe misting plants is pointless, especially if the humidity in your home is very low. There is also a risk that the pothos leaves will get too wet, which can result in pest problems.
Others believe that misting plants is essential and something that should be done to all tropical plants. They believe it is the best way to mimic the natural environment of the pothos. It can even make the pothos plant fuller!
The truth of the matter is somewhere in between these two extremes – misting can help when needed, but too much or too little can do more harm than good.
Signs Pothos Needs More Humidity?
Have you ever wondered if a pothos plant or any other houseplant is suffering from lack of humidity? Here are the major signs to look for:
– Leaf drop: When a plant is suffering from low humidity, it will usually start to droop and lose its leaves. This is because the water in a pothos leaves evaporates faster than usual when the air is dry.
– Dryness on surface of soil: If you notice that there are dry spots developing in your pothos’s soil, then this is a sign that your plant is desperate for moisture. Also, watch out for pothos sunburn!
– Leaves curl: This happens when the air is dry as well. Once the water evaporates, leaves will start to curl up and become thin.
– Leaves turn brown: When a pothos plant is suffering from low humidity, it may start to show signs of lots of dry patches on its leaves which can lead them turning brown and wilting.
How Do You Keep Pothos Humid?
If you’re worried about the air in your home being too dry, there are a few things that can help:
– Try misting your pothos plant every day with a spray bottle. This will provide some moisture in the air and keep the leaves from drying out so much
– Place plants near windows or doorways where they can get natural humidification from outside. I like to train my pothos to climb
– Keep your plants in the bathroom while showering. This will allow your plants to take advantage of the the natural humidity in your home
– Place a humidifier in your home for added moisture. This will help keep the air moist and make it easier to maintain humidity levels
– One way to create humidity in your home is to keep a small bowl or dish of stones (or any type of flat pebbles) over your pothos. Make sure it sits close enough that the water will mingle with particles in theair and provide necessary moisture.
– You can raise moisture by grouping you house plants together. This raises the humidity level in one area. Also, it prevents me from having to water so many individual pots.
– Create an area of extra humidity around the plant by using a moss pole. The moss will absorb and retain water, which slowly evaporates and increases preponderance of relative humidity (RH) around the plant.
To conclude, pothos plants thrive in environments of high humidity. If there isn’t enough humidity, your pothos will let you know by drooping or shedding leaves. This can be prevented by grouping your house plants together, investing into a humidifer, keeping your plants in the bathroom, and more.
I hope this article has helped you to understand how to care for your pothos plants. Remember that pothos require a lot of attention, but it’s more than worth it to watch your plants grow and flourish. If you experience holes in your pothos leaves, please check out our recent article.